My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
# 28 – C – Ali Sanchez
17-years old – Carora, Venezuela – 6-0, 175, R/R – International signee
2014 – DSL Mets – 175-AB, .303/.406/.394/800, 3-HR, 24-RBI, 31-SO
Sanchez came to the Mets touted as the 25th top international prospect (Baseball America) in 2013. The Mets signed him while giving him a $690,000 signing bonus.
Baseball America also said “Sanchez, 16, is 6 feet, 180 pounds with good catch-and-throw skills, quick feet and good hands. Scouts highest on him have been impressed with his ability to hit in games by staying inside the ball with a contact-oriented swing from the right side of the plate.”
His 2014 season was a success, he not only hit above three hundred at the age of 17, but played all season making only five errors.
Tough to call.
Normally, the Mets would hold back a 17-year for another year of DSL ball but the team is a little short of catcher prospect talent below Kevin Plawecki in AAA ball
My guess: GCL Mets